2011 New Product of the Year Awards: Editors' Choice Top 10
This new hardware and software system is available on all machine brands and will work with all major controllers, allowing data and files from the field to be wirelessly transferred to the office.
AgJunction Link allows users to send and process field data files using a wireless internet connection directly from the cab of their combine, planter or application equipment. By integrating back-end data processing into the new software, users will be able to move data files with the simple touch of a button.
AgJunction Link reduces a two week process of moving and processing data into a 20-minute job. Users no longer need to spend time or money manually transporting, then uploading and processing data. After data has been sent, the AgJunction system gathers the data files, automatically sorts the data and matches it to the correct field profiles based on the geospatial data collected and stored within AgJunction. Once processing is complete, it will then send out notifications to the client and/or retailer to alert them, letting them know that new field data is available.
The new, AgJunction Link is available with or without wireless service and with or without tracking capabilities.
Marrone Bio Innovations, Grandevo
We included Marrone Bio Innovations’ Grandevo broad-spectrum, high performance natural insecticide to our list this year because the soft chemistry is a new proprietary product based on a USDA scientific discovery.
The Environmental Protection Agency approved, MBI-203 EP, which is branded as Grandevo. It is designed for use on agricultural and ornamental crops and was initially launched in Florida for insects such as citrus psyllid. MBI intends to launch Grandevo nationally in 2012.
“Grandevo is the first new microbial insecticide offered in nearly 50 years. Like its predecessor, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), we believe Grandevo has the potential to gain wide acceptance and become a standard insecticide in pest management programs," said Chris Hildreth, senior vice president of commercial operations at MBI. “With its broad-spectrum activity against both sucking and chewing insects, high efficacy and unique mode of action, Grandevo represents a ‘grand evolution’ in insect control.”
Grandevo is derived from a new species of Chromobacterium, named subtsugae. The strain coded PRAA4-1T was originally discovered by USDA scientist Phyllis Martin, Ph.D., and licensed to MBI. When unwanted insects encounter Grandevo, they become highly agitated and try to remove the product from their bodies. When it is ingested, the targeted insects will stop feeding and die.